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By Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Cool music loop composer best without pay wall, ads.

App iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad Free to try Music
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A fun animal theme and colorful icons make music loops look as great as they sound, but don't expect to get far with the free download, and do expect ads that might not be appropriate for kids. Though the free version gives a good sense of how SoundForest works, ads and technical glitches interfere with anyone who's serious about composing music loops. The interface is easy to use, and though putting music sounds on the board isn't immediately intuitive, kids will quickly get the hang of it. There's a large selection of available sounds, though they all produce electronica-type music. There's no internal option for exporting songs outside the app, but the developer's website gives a tutorial on how to make a recording from your device. Ultimately, SoundForest is a free, open platform for composing with no help or guidance. Some kids will love it; others may tinker for a bit and then get lost, but -- especially without ads -- it's a fun musical playground for kids who like to explore.

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